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Frisco CareFlite Base May Make Move to Sherman

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SHERMAN, TX---- The medical transport provider CareFlite could be establishing a new base in Sherman in the near future.

While an official decision has not been made on whether or not the company will be opening up the Texoma base, CareFlite CEO Jim Swartz said it's a location they're very interested in.

"It's a market that we've had great success in over the last three decades of service," Swartz said.

Swartz said CareFlite does a significant amount of flying in the Texoma region. He said currently, the main helicopter servicing Texomans is based in Frisco and that a Frisco fire station provides free housing for it, but this could be changing.

"The city of Frisco requested the space that we occupy, Fire Station 4, and we're their guest there so if they need that space then we have to make alternative arrangements," Swartz said.

Tonight, Frisco city council members will discuss potentially taking back the space that the CareFlite helicopter currently occupies and if they decide to do so, the company will think about moving the aircraft to Sherman.

If the city decides to keep the CareFlite base in Frisco, Swartz said having a base in Sherman is still a possibility. The company recently purchased four new aircraft which will be ready for use by the beginning of next year.

"Sherman is really high on our list of places where we want to put an aircraft," Swartz said.

"That's an exciting possibility," Sherman Fire Chief J.J. Jones said. "We rely on air ambulance services to transport severely injured trauma patients to the Dallas area. On average, we transport about two a month so having a second service in town would be greatly beneficial in those options."

Chief Jones said having a base in Sherman would make the response time for patients much quicker. He said it typically takes close to an hour for the company's helicopter to transport someone to a Dallas hospital and that a base in Sherman would cut that time in half.